The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 21, 1974 · Page 4
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 4

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Tuesday, May 21, 1974
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Fergus falls (Hi.) loinal Tues., May 21,1974 J HEFTY TASK —The logs from the upper floor are wrenched free and pushed to the ground where they are then hoisted onto a truck bed. Dick Film wrestles with beams on the second floor MASONRY EXPERT — Donna Finn, Dick's wife, spent much of Saturday afternoon chipping cement off old bricks on the second floor. A log cabin comes down.... but it's going up again soon DALTON - Shirley and Dave Film decided a while back that they wanted a "genuine" log cabin. They found one about a mile north of Dalton and last weekend the task of dismantling the old structure was begun in earnest. There were two problems. One, Shirley and Dave wanted the cabin to be in Candor Township, near Vergas --not a mile north of Dalton; and two, Dave was going to be in Denmark on a Rotary Club trip during the time it had to be moved. Dave solved both problems in one fell swoop. He got his brother, Dick, to do it for him. The old cabin was built about 1872 by a man named Styrk Ivarson and his son, Torbjorn. Torbjorn, (who not surprisingly went by the name Tom) had a son, Ted, who lived in the cabin for many years after Torbjorn passed on. Then Ted sold it to Otis Bergen who lived in it until his death a couple of years ago. It's been standing empty since them. The beams are made of solid oak and legend had it that there was a pair of old brass carf- dlestick holders hidden in the walls. But Saturday the walls came tumbling down and none were to be found. The wood will all eventually be transported by truck to the new site where Dave will have his work cut out for himself when he returns from his trip. EVERYBODY HELPS — ahirley's son, Mark, stands on the truck bed helping Milo Mugaas, center, and Neil Chell, both of Dalton, hoist up another beam. Fihn rounded them all up Saturday morning for the convoluted house raising party. "SO MUCH WORK," sighed Shirley Fihn, left, as she and Donna paused for a glass of lemonade midway through the afternoon. UNIQUE SYSTEM - Fihn pounded scraps of wood into the ends of each log and numbered them so that they corresponded to a diagram he made earlier. Theoretically, they should all fit back together again, Finn hopes. (Journal photos by Bill Bank)

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